There is plenty that can be done to decrease your chances of developing back pain. But sometimes the pain comes about no matter how careful you are.
Your spine is a complex mechanical structure built of multiple moving parts. In most people there are 24 uniquely shaped vertebrae, 24 ribs, a sacrum and a coccyx, with over 80 joints and 23 vertebral discs connecting them all together. This spine has many functions including housing and protecting the spinal cord, weight bearing, allowing movement and serving as an attachment point for many bones, ligaments and muscles. If just one of these parts malfunction or become injured, pain can develop.
Chiropractors are highly trained in the different causes of back pain and we employ a variety of methods to best determine what the specific cause is. We use manipulative therapy and/or other techniques with the goal of restoring normal function to the body, allowing the painful areas to heal and decrease in inflammation.
Trusted systematic reviews of chiropractic/manipulative therapy literature have concluded that it is an effective form of treatment for acute, sub-acute and chronic lower back pain, being just as effective as receiving treatment from other healthcare providers such as GP’s or physiotherapists. At Karori Chiropractic we also utilise the flexion-distraction technique. A smaller study found that people who are given this treatment had significantly greater relief from perceived pain compared to those who received an active exercise program from physical therapists, particularly if they were suffering from chronic lower back pain.